Would Johnny Damon have helped the Braves?

Atlanta's offense really struggled in April. Would signing Johnny Damon back in February made a difference in the offense?

The Braves had tremendous offensive struggles in the month of April, particularly at the leadoff spot in the batting order.

Atlanta's leadoff men hit a combined .127 in April, and Nate McLouth's home run on Friday night was the only homer hit by a leadoff man for the first month.

Back in February, the Braves talked with Scott Boras about signing free agent Johnny Damon, who instead signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers.

Damon hit a walk-off home run on Saturday as the Tigers beat the Angels 3-2. It was his first home run of the season.

The 36-year-old Damon is hitting .344 on the season, with a .439 on base percentage, a .511 slugging percentage, and 13 runs batted in.

Damon has started 12 games for the Tigers in left field, with the rest of his starts coming as Detroit's designated hitter. He's mainly hit second in the batting order, with a .325 average in that spot.

Would Damon have helped the Atlanta offense if the Braves had signed him for this season? He's having a decent season for the Tigers, and you wonder if the Atlanta lineup would have been substantially better if Damon were at the top.

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Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Atlanta Baseball Show. Shanks writes a weekly column for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/billshanks.


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